IOSR Journal Of Environmental Science, Toxicology And Food Technology (IOSR-JESTFT

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Negative Impacts of Abattoir Wastes on the Physico-Chemical
Parameters of Odo River, Cele Ijesha, Lagos Nigeria.

Ajetunmobi Asibiallau O., Ogunfowora Abiodun O.
Department Of Science Laboratory Technology Lagos State Polytechnic

Abstract: The influence of abattoir wastes on the Odo River Cele Ijesha, Lagos was undertaken during the
rainy season in the month of August 2013, to assess the level of Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Dissolved
Oxygen, Chemical Oxygen Demand, Temperature, Total Suspended Solid, pH and Ammonia. The deterioration
of water quality is evident by high BOD (24.0mg/L
), COD. The results indicated that abattoir wastes have
adverse effect on the water quality. This observation showed that with a continuous discharge of wastes into the
aquatic ecosystem could lead to the death of aquatic organism in the water bodies.
Key words: pollution, waste, degradation, slaughter and abattoir.

I. Introduction
The manufacturing of animal products for human consumption (meat and dairy products) or for other
human needs (leather), leads inevitably to the production of waste.(NEDECO,2010) Under traditional
conditions, the quantities of products processed in a certain area used to be small and by-products were better
utilized. This resulted in the production of smaller quantities of waste than at present (Chiaudani and Premazzi,
Nature is able to cope with certain amounts of waste via a variety of natural cleaning mechanisms.
However, if the concentration of waste products increases, nature’s mechanisms become overburdened and
pollution problems start to occur (Dick, 2005). Usually, small-scale home processing activities produce
relatively small amounts of waste water. Nature can cope with these. Yet as a consequence of the increasing
emphasis on large scale production (e.g. reasons of efficiency, increase in scale of production and hygiene)
considerably greater amounts of waste will be produced and steps will have to be taken to keep this production
at acceptable levels.
Also, methods will have to be found or developed for more efficient use of by-products and for
improved treatment of waste products. Because large scale processes are not easy to survey, the checking of
waste production is a problematic undertaking and special efforts are needed to find out where in the production
process waste is produced. (Berker, 2012).
An example that illustrates the relationship between the scale of production and the production of waste
is that of the production of hard cheese. Before large scale production of cheese came into existence, whey was
considered as a valuable by-product that could be used as animal feed (Enderlein, 2009). In the Netherlands,
about 50 percent of all the milk produced is used for the production of cheese. The whey which is produced in
the process could lead to enormous environmental problems partly because the costs of transport of this whey to
the farm for use as animal feed are a costly affair.
Only after environmental considerations had become more important, efforts were made to solve this problem
(Barker,2003). Eventually this has resulted in the establishment of a production line of whey-powder which is
now-a-days considered a valuable product.
The example also shows that the borderline between a waste product and a useful product is sometimes hard to

II. Background Of The Study
In the present study, major attention will be given to the impact on the environment of:
i. The slaughter processes at slaughterhouse,
ii. The storage, preservation and processing of hides; and
iii. The processing of milk, all at industrial levels, for the discussion concerning the waste production
within ach of these animal-product-processing industries, it is worth looking at operations that precede and
follow the industrial waste producing processes.
 In Slaughterhouses: the animals are reared, fattened and transported to the slaughterhouses. After
processing, the meat is stored before it is transported to retail outlets. The “preceding” activities produce manure
etc. while for storage and transport (follow activities) cooling facilities are needed. This puts a heavy claim on
energy sources. (Adelegan, 2002)
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 In tanneries: hides produced at slaughterhouses must be stored. To prevent spoilage, they should be
pickled and preservatives should be added. The methods used to process hides will to some extent determine the
durability of the produced leather (FAO, 2003). The production of more durable leather leads to smaller
quantities of leather waste. Chrome tanned leather and leather products contain about 2-3% of dry weight
chromium. Worn out leather products, such as shoes and jackets, are frequently dumped at municipal dumping
 Before its collection and transportation to a processing plant, milk is produced and stored at the farm
(FAO, 2003). This requires energy and leads to spoilage of milk and production of wastewater (tank cleaning).
After the processing at the plants, dairy products are packed and stored and transported to retailers. At the end of
its lifeline, packing material finishes in the form of solid waste (NEDECO, 2010). The repeated use of milk
bottles produces waste water (after cleansing). At the site of the consumer, storage makes a demand on energy
and incorrect storage or usage may lead to spilling. It has been estimated that 2-10% of all dairy products are
wasted by the consumer as a result of spoilage. (Benka et al., 2012) In general terms, waste products may occur
as waste water, solid material, volatile compounds or gasses that are discharged into the air.
Human activities contribute impurities in the form of industrial, domestic, agricultural and chemical
wastes to water bodies (Dick, 2005). Wastes from meat processing operations tend to be worrisome due to their
high content of putresible organic matter, which can lead to the depletion of oxygen and cause water supply
impairment (Figueras, 2000). The meat processing wastes come from stockyards, abattoirs and packing plants,
etc. all these contain blood, fats, protein, gut contents, heavy metals, antibodies, hormones and other substances
In Nigeria, many abattoirs dispose of their waste directly into streams or rivers and also use water from the same
source to wash slaughtered meat (Adelegan, 2002). Such is the situation in the Odo abattoir operation. Benka –
Coker and Ojor (2012), carried out a baseline survey on the influence of continual discharge of untreated
abattoir wastewater on the water quality of Ikpoba hill, Benin City, their work was focused on the
slaughterhouse waste standards and food processing industries. Findings indicated that slaughterhouse waste did
not meet established standards for food processing industries and therefore posed a potential health hazard to the
This study is aimed at identifying the negative impact of abattoir waste on the receiving water bodies of Cele
Ijesha River and also provides information on the water pollutants, since the river is the main source of water for
drinking purposes, traditional recreation and to a certain extent used for industrial purposes.

The abattoir is situated along the Cele Ijesha road by the Odo market. It is located at the bank of
elevated concrete floor slab, which serves as a slaughtering surface. A certain amount of animals such as cows,
goats and pigs are slaughtered daily. In the Cele-Odo abattoir, an estimate of 80 – 90 cows are slaughtered on
weekdays. The cows are killed manually by falling the cows with strong thick ropes. The cows are killed with
sharp deep knife cut through the neck, releasing blood and led to the complete death of the animals include
blood, flesh particles, soluble protein, urine, faeces and other organic materials.
There are small drainage channels around the slab that is connected to a large channel through which
the animal waste is being discharge into which the animal waste is being discharged into the water body. Water
traps are mounted around the slab area used to supply the water in preparing the slaughtered animal in washing
the slab after the slaughtering of the animals.
Station 1: Slaughterhouse wastewater at the point of discharge (source). Station 2: is 10m upstream
from the source. The water flows from station 2 to 1. At high tides, the water flows upstream and when the flow
will be backwards. Hence at low tides, the water flow direction changes at flowing in normal direction
(Dick,2005). However, only after environmental consideration had become more important, efforts were made
to solve this problem of abattoir pollution, but all efforts proved abortive, due to lack of proper environmental

III. Materials And Methods
The samples used in determining the influence of the abattoir waste on the receiving river were
collected in 30cl plastic bottles once daily in the evenings, from two stations along the Cele Odo River during
the same flow direction because pollution levels are significantly in fluctuated by human activity. The sampling
was done during the wet season, in August 2013. The samples were taken to the laboratory for further analysis
within 24 hours of collection.
Physico-chemical parameters such as Biochemical Oxygen Demands (BOD
), Chemical Oxygen
demands (COD), Dissolve Oxygen (DO), total suspended solid (TSS), temperature (
c) and ammonia were used
to determine the water quality and pollution effects from abattoir waste. Water samples for the determination of
DO, COD, TSS and temperature were collected for each sample station. The Azide modification method
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was used to determine the initial dissolved Oxygen (DO) , BOD
was computed from the difference between
initial and final DO, Chemical Oxygen demand is a measure of the oxygen equivalent of that portion of the
organic matter in a sample that is susceptible to oxidation by a strong chemical Oxidan, Temperature
measurement of surface water were under-taken with a mercury in glass thermometer (Centigrade
C), while
phenol hyphochloride (phonate) method was used to measure Ammonia.

IV. Results
The results values obtained showed that BOD
COD, and ammonial were higher in station 1, BOD

) COD (20.800mg/L
) and Ammonia (20mg/L
) while the lowest values occurred in station 2:
) COD (9.2mg/L) and Ammonia (1.04mg/L
) (Table 1) Total Suspended Solid (TSS) had
the highest value at station 1 (5,120mg/L
) and lowest value was recorded in station 2 (440mg/L
) while
temperature value is high in station 2 (19
C) and had the lowest value at station 1(18
C). However station 2 P
value is higher than that of station 1 P
value, having 6.7 to 6.5 values.

Table 1: The level BOD, COD, pH, Temp (
C) TSS and Ammonia in the water samples
Stations/Locations 1 2 FEPA LIMIT
BOD (mg/L
) 24.0 11.20 6.0
COD (mg/L
) 20.800 9.2 10.5
Temperature (
C) 18 19 27
TSS (mg/L
) 5,120 440 >10
) 20 1.04 0.5
pH 6.5 6.7 7.0

V. Discussion
It is important to find out if the discharge of organic waste (abattoir waste) influx has any significant
adverse effect on the aquatic ecosystem. The measurable physico-chemical properties considered in this study
were BOD
, DO, COD, temperature, pH, Ammonia and TSS. The concentrations of these parameters in natural
aquatic ecosystem varied in response to abattoir waste influx. Waste biodegradation is usually associated and
responsible for such observed changes. BOD
and COD observed in this study were generally higher than the
standards allowed to be discharged into the Nigerian inland water . Comparing these values with other findings
made by Benka, Coker and Ojo , they were greater than 4.0mg/L
and therefore indicated high degree of
pollution in the water body.
The values obtained for ammonia during the referred periods were higher than regulatory
limits/standards and this indicated pollution and degradation of the studied Cele Ijesha, Odo River. However,
the concentration of ammonia in station 1 was very high as compared to station 2.
This is due to the presence of high nitrogen content in the organic waste (abattoir waste). This nutrient
(nitrogen) is also essential for plant growth and as such contributes to eutrophication due to algal bloom in the
The observed fluctuation in temperature was considered normal with respect to the geographic
characteristics of the Lagos temperature which has been described as humid/ semi-hot equational type. The low
temperature recorded in this study is as a result of rainfall and flood inflow during the rainy season period which
exerted some cooling influence. This effect was interfered with by the heat generated/absorbed during the
metabolic processes of both waste biodegradation and aquatic organisms.
TSS of the sample was very high and this shows that both the abattoir waste water contains high quantities of
organic and inorganic particles.

VI. Conclusion
Many abattoir waste emitted into the river environment from anthropogenic sources pose a threat to the
functioning of aquatic ecosystems and to use of water for various purposes. The need for strengthened measures
to prevent and to control the release of these substances into the aquatic environment has led many countries to
develop and to implement water management policies and strategies based on, amongst others, water quality
criteria and objectives.

To provide further guidance for the elaboration of water quality criteria and water quality objectives for inland
surface waters, and to strengthen international co-operation the following recommendations have been put
i. The precautionary principle should be applied when selecting water quality parameters and establishing
water quality criteria to protect and maintain individual uses of waters.
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ii. In setting water quality criteria, particular attention should be paid to safeguarding sources of drinking-
water supply. In addition, the aim should be to protect the integrity of aquatic ecosystems and to
incorporate specific requirements for sensitive and specially protected waters and their associated
environment, such as wetland areas and the surrounding areas of surface water which serves as sources of
food and as habitats for various species of flora and fauna.
iii. Water-management authorities should be required to take appropriate advice from health authorities in
order to ensure that water quality objective are appropriate for protecting human health.
iv. Under no circumstances should the setting of water quality objectives (or modification thereof to account
for site-specific factors) lead to the deterioration of existing water quality.
v. Water quality objectives for multipurpose uses of water should be set at a level that provides for the
protection of the most sensistive use of water body. Among all identified water uses, the most stringent
water quality criterion for a given water quality variables should be adopted as a water quality objective.
vi. Established water quality objectives should be considered as the ultimate goal or target value indicating a
negligible risk of adverse effects on use of the water and on the ecological functions of waters.

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